Why use palm-based MCT oil products, when one has a Coconut version?
Not many people know how effective palms are in converting CO2 to vegetation and oil. A palm plantation delivers 5000-9000 kg of oil per hectare. Eat that sunflower! (1000 kg). The problem with the palm plantations is that they are so profitable in their use (over the entire supply chain) that the demand for more plantations is growing. More plantations in a geographical region that has little open land, means cutting down rainforest, a fragile ecosystem providing huge diversity. Profit over Planet.
The oily fruit actually delivers two products. One is Palm oil, which is made from the fleshy part of the fruit. It finds is use in… well nearly every processed food product on the planet. Just ask the big multinational food players
The other product is Palm Kernel Oil. The kernel is around 1/3 of the total fruit, is dried, pressed and (hexane) extracted to give palm kernel oil. The palm kernel oil is very different from palm oil, as it contains a high amount of lauric acid, a favorite fatty acid in the production of soaps. The remaining non-lauric acid fraction contains medium chain triglycerides (MCT) and is popular in the Ketogenic diet.
The alternative: coconut oil
The alternative is clear. Coconut oil is richer in MCT’s than Palm Kernel. Coconut plantation are more sustainable. The plantations can actively produce coconuts for more than 50 years and are actually local biodiversity areas, with many other bushes and plant growing on the same lot. If you want to reap the benefits of energy giving MCT’s, choose palm free. Choose Coconut based oil, every time.